While she can’t quite claim the title of ‘well-known face’ first and foremost, British royal family in-law Pippa Middleton does attract plenty of attention mainly for being the sister and bridesmaid of last year’s newly-crowned princess, and is set to continue cashing in on her celebrity by association for 2013, with American network NBC reportedly planning to give her a role as a ‘royal correspondent’ in spite of having no previous presenting experience.
Recruiters of The Today Show appear to be proving that it is often a case of who you know rather than what, banking on the Middleton name to bring in some more ratings whenever there is a Royal Family event that needs covering. Pippa Middleton, who works as a party planner by trade, is now said to be negotiating with NBC executives for the position, with the offer from the network believed to be a strong $600,000 (£400,000) to make around 20 appearances a year on the show to cover important annual events.
This list is set to include ‘public events’ such as the Buckingham Palace public opening and Chelsea Flower Show, but not private matters, such as her sister’s pregnancy news (and controversial media attention surrounding it), that ironically catapulted her previously-planned candidacy for the position back into contention, after interest had been lost following her low American sales figures for party planning book Celebrate.
A source claimed of the unusual plans, and how a lack of experience can be combated: “NBC senior figures will bill this job to Pippa as a special correspondent in 2013. They see her appeal as huge, as she is linked to the Royal Family, and because of her popularity following the wedding when pictures of her went worldwide. A couple of offers are on the table, but they would like her to make as many as 20 appearances reporting on Royal-themed events like the Chelsea Flower Show, the opening of Buckingham Palace and Opera House nights. She will not focus on intimate Royal matters like Wills and Kate’s move to London, Harry’s return from war and the family Christmas. The offer gives Pippa the chance to have editorial input on what she says, and, as most of this work would be pre-recorded, she would not be caught out.”
While her sister Princess Catherine (The Duchess of Cambridge) yesterday helped to wind down a (mainly) positive year for the BBC and in particular their sporting coverage by presenting the main award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show last night (16 December, with the prestigious titular award won by Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Bradley Wiggins, the first English recipient since 2006), Pippa Middleton could be set to move to the other side of the Atlantic to work for a network that had their reputation come out a fair bit worse for their coverage of the sporting summer in London (England). Will NBC viewers take kindly to the latest move?